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AT&T Stops Fiber Upgrade Over Net Neutrality Fight

11:22 AM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T's plans for bringing fiber connections to 100 cities is on hold because the company doesn't feel comfortable moving forward while the future of Net Neutrality regulations are up in the air. The FCC is considering its oversight options for the companies providing Internet connections, Verizon is threatening legal action depending on what decision the Commission makes, and the White House is pushing for strict controls.

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On one hand, delaying the fiber rollout makes sense because AT&T doesn't know exactly how it will be able to use the infrastructure once it's in place. On the other hand, this sure feels like ham fisted posturing to show that preserving Net Neutrality is bad for consumers.

AAPL Hits a New Closing High Again at $109.70

9:30 AM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's stock price keeps climbing and hit a new closing high on Tuesday at US$109.70. The iPhone and iPad maker's stock has been on a upward trend since before its 7-to-1 stock split earlier this year, and doesn't seem to be showing any sign of slowing down.

Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit over Lost Text Messages

4:34 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Lucy Koh, the same Judge overseeing Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent infringement legal fight, gave the green light to a lawsuit over text messages that never made it to smartphone owners who switched away from the iPhone. The lawsuit alleges Apple should have told customers text messages wouldn't be delivered if they dumped their iPhone for an Android-based smartphone.

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People are willing to file lawsuits over most anything, including lost text messages. Maybe lawsuits over OS X Yosemite being too flat will be next. That said, if the bug that blocked texts from current iPhone owners to former iPhone owners does cross California's unfair competition laws, then Apple needs to be held accountable, regardless of how ridiculous the case seems.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-11

1:16 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Net Neutrality became an even hotter topic yesterday, and there's a new security threat targeting the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about President Obama's stance on Net Neutrality, plus they take a look at Masque Attack and what it means for iPhone and iPad users.

The Oatmeal Explains Net Neutrality

11:49 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

President Obama made a strong statement in favor of Net Neutrality yesterday, and Senator Ted Cruz called out the push for regulation as "Obamacare for the Internet." Seems the Senator needs some schooling on what a free and open Internet really is, and why it's so important. The Oatmeal offers up one of the best explanations supporting Net Neutrality I've seen, and it's totally worth checking out. Thank you, The Oatmeal.

OS X Yosemite: Viewing All Images in a Conversation

11:00 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Apple's Messages app in OS X Yosemite borrowed a little from its iPhone and iPad cousins, so now you can do more in your conversations, like view all of the images and attachments you sent and received in a chat. Read on to see where Messages tucks away that view, and more.

Masque Attack: Why Your iPhone is Probably Safe

10:00 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Masque Attack sounds like an ominous threat to the iPhone and iPad because it lets attackers replace legit apps with their own malicious versions. Getting those on your iOS device, however, involves some trickery and interaction on your part. The security flaw is serious, but it isn't likely to hit you.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-10

1:32 PM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Kelly is back from MacTech Conference 2014 and John has a broken iPad screen. The two join Jeff Gamet to talk about MacTech Conference and the trend towards smaller events in the conference world, plus John shares how he dealt with a cracked iPad screen without breaking the bank.

Apple Rolls Out Lost iMessage Repair Tool

10:59 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Much to Apple's surprise, not everyone that buys an iPhone sticks with the platform, and that led to a problem where switchers never saw text messages from their friends who stayed with iOS. Apple has finally addressed the problem with a new Web-based utility that unlinks phone numbers from iMessage so you'll still see texts when switching to an Android or Windows smartphone.

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Good for Apple for fixing the lost SMS problem for people who don't want to use an iPhone any more. Shame on Apple for building a text messaging system that requires a special utility just so you can keep getting texts from your friends that still use iPhones.